If you guys checked GenBass this week, in one of the posts, we talked about the “other side” of Latin American folklore, Bambucos, joropos, waltz and all that “educated and perhaps very complex” music of the XVII and XVIII centuries which became very popular and then got lost into the Andean region to be later “rescued” by musicians.. many of them were/are called “virtuosos”.
AND GENBASS HAS THE HONOR OF GETTING AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE GUYS FROM RECOVECO!!
AND THEY DROP TWO FREE TUNES JUST FOR US!!!!! GENBASS people!!
SO LET’S START THIS MEGA POST!!!
with the exclusive interview:
GB: Recoveco is, no doubt about it, the latin american ensemble with the highest “musical level”;
Your music is widely known in the classical and jazz circle, What is the opinion and reception from European Classical musicians and public when they heard your stuff for the first time?
RC: We’ve been around for fifteen years, playing Venezuelan, Colombian and Brazilian traditional music, in an “acoustic format” also called “Chamber Music” with frequent improvisation , all of this, plus the fact of all of the members have both a popular and a Classical education; make our gigs quite popular in the jazz ,Classical and world music festivals.
GB: Your song, EL CRUZAO, has been called as a masterpiece of Contemporaneous Traditional Music, and also been played by some of the best in the world, Bela Fleck, Gurrufio, among others..
Why Latin American traditional Music like, joropos, bambucos, waltz, don’t have this massive coverage from the media, unless it gets a prize or award?
RC: We need to ask this to the media, hahaha..
Music industry decides what products wants to spread to the world and support; and Latin American traditional music has a different dynamic , totally different to the industry’s behavior.
We probably have to make a difference between the real value of the musical piece versus the value that media gives to it. The fact Latin American traditional music is not necessarily known, doesn’t mean there aren’t great musicians playing it.
Nowadays all over Latin America we see a huge movement with quality coming form the younger generation and the older composers. And we are talking about high level stuff, whether or not they get all the media coverage they deserve.
GB: Latin jazz and salsa with Afro Latin fusion is well received by both, public and media. and you guys have flirted also with son guajiro
GRAB THIS amazing FREE SONG!! GUAJIRO BARROCO
GUAJIRO BARROCO by Recoveco
Do you think it will be just a matter of time for RECOVECO to start getting the “world music” ring?
RC: Well, first of all, Recoveco doesn’t do “fusion” but a so called evolutive -traditional music.
And about the question, we don’t believe it is about being accepted but the way it can be spread.
so it can reach to a wider public who is going to put it into the “world music” label.
GB: Now let’s move to 2010..a person with a laptop can create very good music; Do you think, the fact that Bambucos, torbellinos can not be easily “looped” or “sampled” have kept this music “untouched”?
RC: In fact the richness about latin american music is that it has been “touched”, manipulated, and it has evolved constantly, now it is also doing it with this new technology’s help.
GB:Talking about your own style, the fact that you are symphonic orchestra musicians, makes Recoveco’s composition and interpretation level higher to an “average” waltz or bambuco player,
Does this fact make people respect or like this music more?
RC: We don’t think our music is better than any other, it only reflects the “value” each one of us can add to it. Because we have learned a lot from traditional players in the same way we have learned form the “academic” path. And we keep learning “day by day”. That’s the real richness of Recoveco, the combination between both worlds.
GB: What is the relationship btw Classical Music and Venezuelan, Colombian traditional music?
RC: Since renaissance, there’s been a musical exchange from the new and old continents. Today’s music is very similar to the one it was made in the baroque period, and it also have a lot of influence from XIX century waltz and African and jazz musical and tempo additions.
GB: Recoveco has 3 albums, and a fourth one coming soon, where we can get the 3 albums?
In Europe right here: [email protected]
We are selling our music in the concerts directly and we hope to have an online platform anytime soon.
In Venezuela we do have an effective distribution.
GB: For the new Generation, here’s a second GREAT track from RECOVECO, called PAJARILLO, what can you tell about this epic tune?
RC: Pajarillo, is a typical piece of “llanera” music form Colombia and Venezuela, this music structure was very popular in XVIII century and it has certain influence into European music, In our interpretation we try to add some of BACH’s phrases. This is a perfect “joropo” so we can jam and generally end our live shows with. We play it different every time. So every time we play Pajarillo is “unique” because we can not repeat the version.
LISTEN TO THIS AMAZING SONG!!
Pajarillo by Recoveco
GB: It is a great honor to have you guys here at GenBass, and anytime soon we are going to dissect each one of the members and your solo projects which are epic stuff!!
But before leaving. Do you have any band you’d like to recommend to the GenBass people?
RC: It is really hard to recommend someone because there’s a lot of talent in LatinAmerica, with extraordinary talent and originality; we only expect it gets wider and this music finally gets more coverage by the media and the public.
Check this stuff from Ricardo Sandoval Matthias Collet and Masataka Hori
and last one from recoveco